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Have You Ever Seen A Woman Standing Outside On Motza'ei Shabbos Saying Kiddush Levana?
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Women are Makpid to hear Tekias Shofar, Shake the Lulav, and Daven although they are Patur because of Mitzvas Aseh She'Hazman Grama. However when it comes to Kiddush Levana, the Mogen Avrohom says (426) b'shem the Shela HaKadosh, that they should not say it, because they were the ones who through Chava's aveira caused the moon to become small. This is the Klal of "Ein Kateigor Naaseh Saneigor."

The Be'er Moshe (6:135) asks from candle lighting on Erev Shabbos that although it is not a woman's mitzvah per se, nevertheless they do it to be Mitaken the fact that they were responsible for causing death in the world and extinguishing the Neshama which is compared to a candle. This is an open contradiction.

After a long discussion on the Klal of Ein Kateigor Naaseh Saneigor he concludes that in the case of Kiddush Levana since we are making a Bracha on the actual moon that Chava caused harm to, it is not proper for women to make a Bracha. However the candle only symbolizes the Neshama and is not the Neshama itself therefore the Klal of Ein Kateigor Naaseh Saneigor does not apply and by lighting the candles it rectifies their mistake.

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